Book Review: Caregiving

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"...I wish there had been a book like this one to help our family understand what Dad was going through and to guide my mother and us children during such a difficult time.... Caregiving is a thorough and accessible resource for family members and friends thrust into the confusion, demands, pain and frustration of coping with cancer."
--Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
Author, Helping Yourself Help Others
Founder, Rosalynn Carter Institute of Georgia Southwestern State University

Each year, millions of Americans receive therapeutic treatments for cancer, often on an outpatient basis. With shorter hospital stays the norm, patients are home sooner. Dealing with the stress that a serious, possibly life-threatening illness places on individuals and their loved ones is complicated, confusing and energy-draining.

Written for caregivers, this updated and revised version of Home Care Guide for Cancer explains each major kind of cancer treatment, obstacles to recovery, when it is time to call in professional help, examples of how individuals can help their loved ones and how to adjust your plan of action as needed. Also addressed are topics such as managing care by involving other family members and using available community resources; emotional conditions such as anxiety or depression; the most common physical side effects of cancer treatments such as nausea, pain, and fatigue and how to cope with them.

A six-step plan for successfully solving problems forms the backbone of each chapter. Chockfull of sensible and reassuring information, this guide is easily accessible to the average reader. A good glossary and extensive resource section are included.

Recommended.--Anne C. Tomlin, Auburn Memorial Hosp. Lib., NY Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Caregiving is published by the American Cancer Society. It is available at a discounted price directly from ACS. Call 1-800-ACS-2345 or order online from www.cancer.org/bookstore.

Para solicitar información en español, llame al 1-800-ACS-2345. Un especialista en información sobre el cáncer le asistirá en español.